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Trio of Ontario curlers defeat Olympic gold medalists at Nufloors final

The final game of the Nufloors Penticton Curling Classic featured an Ontario curling team against the 2018 Olympic champions. Team Howard – from Penetanguishene, Ont. – won the $20,000 grand prize after beating Team Shuster in the final match by a score of 5–3, Monday. Their opposition was formidable, as Team Shuster – from Duluth, Minnesota – won Olympic gold in men’s curling five years ago. Yet Team Howard managed to defeat them without their skip, Glenn Howard, who injured his knee during the semi-final. "I am just so impressed with my guys,” Glenn said. “After I blew my knee my son took the reins. For the three of them to win against the best teams in the world is just unbelievable.” Scott Howard echoed his father’s enthusiasm. “That was quite the weekend,” Scott said. “Beating Olympic champs is always fun.” Looking ahead, Scott said Team Howard is focused on qualifying for this year’s provincial playdown event, and that possibly happened as a result of them winning the Penticton event. “Now we’re going to tailor the rest of our season to try and win the provincial title and get back to the Brier (in March 2024). But there wasn’t much time for the winners to celebrate in Penticton. During the final match, fans could be heard joking about how there was no time for overtime, as Team Howard had to promptly catch a plane. As soon as the game was over, they posed with the giant cheque, and then greeted as many fans as they could in the few minutes before they had to leave. The Nufloors Penticton Curling Classic had a total purse of $100,000.

Dan Walton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Penticton Herald